Practical Photography: Lite

Practical Photography: Lite May 2018

Every issue of Practical Photography is packed with expert advice and tips that will help YOU improve your photography. Each issue contains: - Inspirational and award-winning photographs - The best ‘Technique Guides’ in the industry - FREE feedback on your images - Jargon-free, 100% independent reviews Whatever brand you use (Canon EOS, Nikon, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic Lumix and so on), our easy-to-follow technique guides will help you get the most from your digital SLR, interchangeable lens camera (CSC), or compact. Note: This 'Lite' digital version of Practical Photography does not contain any interactivity.

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WHICH IS MORE important – technical prowess or artistic vision? Given the choice, I’d opt for the latter. After all, being able to ‘see’ images that others wouldn’t is what separates photographers from people with cameras. Artistic vision is also the driving force behind a wealth of new landscape techniques – wide-angle lenses and neutral density filters have been usurped by minimalism, abstraction and wide apertures (f/2.8 is the new f/22). This month we’re joined by six photographers at the forefront of this movement – we’re calling it Landscapes v2.0 – who each present a new and exciting way to add a contemporary edge to this classic subject. Your new obsession starts on page 36. WATCH FREE VIDEOS! Visit our YouTube channel at to enjoy more than 80 brilliant how-to camera…

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your free gifts

Fresh ideas for photo shoots! The team get their creative caps on for the ultimate abstract challenge, and then take to the great outdoors for some photo shoots with a difference... • There’s nothing like a bit of friendly rivalry to bring out the best of the team’s creative ideas – and a cabbage, guitar amp and glitter join the race for the top abstract shot. • Kirk enlists the help of a brave model and an obliging PP reader for an icy portrait shoot using off-camera flash, with the picturesque Lumsdale Falls as his backdrop. • Richard takes his camera into the woods to try out the techniques behind shots with intentional camera movement. Contact us if you have any problems with your free gifts Practical Photography, Bauer Media, Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2…

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Camera Buying Guide Unsure about which camera is best for your needs? Our ebook includes reviews, spec and prices for every camera available right now. Latest additions include Canon’s 2000D and 4000D, and the Sony α 7R III. 15 texture brushes Add eye-catching texture to your shots in an instant with this free pack of custom-made texture brushes for Photoshop and Elements. Photoshop video lessons Learn how to create instant retro results from RAW, make a powerful mono conversion in three simple steps and correct common lens distortions. DOWNLOAD THE DISC CONTENT AT…

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beyond the lens

Ameland beach sunset by Jantina Scheltema • This is one of my favourite beach images. I shot it on Ameland, which is one of the five islands off the north coast of the Netherlands, for a company who wanted photos that showed summer evenings at the beach for their adverts. I used a wide-angle lens with underwater housing so that the couple could pass close by to splash drops of water onto the barrier in front of the lens. This created lovely bokeh from the sun shining through the water. Nikon D3 | 24mm | 1/1250sec | f/9 | ISO 640 Jantina Scheltema is a highly experienced wedding, family, maternity and commercial photographer who’s based in Ameland, the Netherlands. Brooklyn Bridge at night by John White • In early 2017 I found out that I’d be…

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the knowledge

TECH Seeing the Light Cast your minds back to 2015, and you may remember hearing about a company called Light who announced a revolutionary camera design. Dubbed the L16, this camera bills itself as the world’s first multi-aperture computational camera. Finally, after a long journey lasting almost three years, this multi-lensed oddity has finally landed on our shores, and is now available to buy. Resembling a smartphone, the L16 has 16 lenses of varying focal lengths, from 28-150mm at apertures between f/2-2.4, mounted at 45-degree angles to multiple 13MP flat plane sensors. The camera uses at least ten lenses to take several images at once and stitches them together to create a composite image, which results in an incredibly detailed 52MP shot. One advantage of this approach is that you can adjust your depth-of-field…

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rumour mill

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS III With so many excellent lenses, Canon would be forgiven for resting on its laurels. However, we believe there will be an update to the astounding pro-level 70-200mm f/2.8. Already featuring image stabilisation, we would expect to see small refinements to the IS, as well as a more refined approach to the optics, which will result in faster focusing and sharper images. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III With the OM-D E-M1 and E-M10 both receiving recent updates, it’s high time we saw the next evolution of the enthusiast-level E-M5 range, the Mark III. While there is nothing certain yet, we’re hoping to see Olympus include a resolution bump, from the current 16MP to a new 20MP sensor, improved pixel shift mode, and the inclusion of 4K UHD video…